For most businesses, graffiti is an eyesore that can make your building and even your whole block look rundown and unkempt. Unfortunately, graffiti artists don’t care about the effect their “art” will have on the buildings they tag. If your building has been vandalized by graffiti, then you have a few options for graffiti removal. The important thing to remember is that you need to act fast. The longer the paint sits on the area, the harder it will be to get off. Even worse, the graffiti seems to act as an invitation for other taggers to put their mark on your building.
Tackling Graffiti Removal On Your Own
If the paint hasn’t had a chance to really set in, you might be able to scrub it off. Different materials will need different methods of scrubbing, depending on whether the area is concrete, metal, wood, or plastic. If you are using a light penetrating oil such as WD-40 or a paint thinner, be sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot first. Using a steel wool scrubber or sandpaper will also help to buff the paint out.
There are some products that are specifically for graffiti removal. They are basically a type of paint thinner. Again, their effectiveness will depend on the material that the graffiti was painted on. Always test on a small area first.
Pressure Washing and Paint
Another option for graffiti removal is pressure washing. This is a great option if a large area was tagged. Pressure washing uses just water, so it’s more environmentally friendly and will be less likely to damage the area.
The cons of pressure washing are that it is not appropriate for all surfaces. If you use too much pressure, then you might end up etching the outline of the graffiti into your wall. Another drawback is it’s not common to have a pressure washer ready to use. You can rent one or borrow one, but if you don’t know how to use it you could do more damage than the graffiti did.
The last option is painting over the whole thing. This option is probably the least time-consuming. There are types of paint that actually repel graffiti, so if you are in an area where this is a common issue, it is the easiest fix. It will make the graffiti easier to clean in the future.
Hiring a Professional Graffiti Removal Service
If your business got tagged by graffiti, you most likely do not have time to spend scrubbing it, figuring out how to use a pressure washer, or painting over it. By calling in the experts at ERS Emergency Restoration Services, you can save yourself a lot of time and guesswork. We know what the best methods are for graffiti removal on any type of surface. We are available 24/7 and we can be at your location within an hour. Graffiti is an act of vandalism, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day. Give us a call today and we can make the graffiti go away!